Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: An Embarrassing, Lazy, Arrogant Money Grab
A little over a year ago, before I was hired at AP, I wrote about the things I wanted my new Honeycomb tablet to be able to do in the next version of Android. Multitasking on tablets was (and still is) non-existent, and I wanted my tablet to be less of a big phone, and more of a small computer. I wanted split screen, and floating apps, and really, I wanted to just make use of this nice, big screen I had. One task at a time isn’t good enough. The big difference between a tablet and a phone should be the ability to multitask.
As it turns out, Samsung gets it. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is actually trying to make tablets useful, productive tools. They’ve added split screen and floating apps. I’ve actually got my email and a web browser open side by side right now, and it’s like a dream come true.
If that isn’t enough for you, this thing also has pen input. A pressure-sensitive pen stows away in the bottom-left corner of the tablet. You can take notes, and select an area of the screen to capture and draw on it.
On paper, it all sounds very good. Reality, however, is an entirely different story. It’s not enough to just have a good idea, you have to actually make it real, you need to build it.
I’m sad to report that Samsung failed at execution on all fronts.
This thing sounds absolutely awful. I can’t even imagine charging $500 for a device that has a flimsy plastic back that flexes under the lightest touch. In the photo above, of you can see how warped the reflection the reviewer’s desktop display looks.